Phytoecia geniculata

Phytoecia geniculata Mulsant

Common name: Carrot borer.

Taxonomic placing: Insects, Holometabola, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae.

Geographical distribution: Middle East, Southern Europe, Iran and Iraq.

Host plants: Carrot (Daucus carota L. and other Asteraceae).

Morphology: Adult body very narrow, about 8-12 mm long, basically black but appearing greyish due to covering dense pale pubescence, antennae as long as body. Legs mostly greyish with one yelow anterior segment.

Life history: This insect is univoltine and usually infests plants growing in sandy soils. The adults become active in spring and oviposit at the plants’ taproots. The hatching larvae enter the roots, feed and may eventually kill young or weakened plants. By late summer the larva constructs a chamber within which it pupates, remaining inactive till the following spring.

Economic importance: Well-developed carrots are usually not damaged, but small or weakened plants grow slowly and may die.


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